When It Comes To Coal Ash, State Leaders Prioritize Politics
The Dukeville community in Rowan County has expressed concerns that NC legislators care more about politics than their water security, and rightfully so. A solution still has not been found to clean-up the toxic coal ash pits. Gov. McCrory and state legislators continue to bend over backwards to help Duke Energy instead of residents in need. In the meantime, Dukeville residents have taken matters into their own hands to give safe drinking water to those that live outside of the radius of free water deliveries.
Residents of Rowan’s Dukeville community won’t drink their water, regardless of whether the state has declared it unsafe to drink. About 80 well owners in the area receive free, regular deliveries of water set up by Duke Energy. A number of others, however, have been left out of the free deliveries because their houses sit outside of a predetermined testing radius.
Duke Energy, however, has maintained that its coal ash ponds are not polluting nearby wells. The company provides water to neighbors of its coal ash ponds because “many residents may still have concerns about their water supply,” according to a statement provided to the Salisbury Post.
To provide relief to those not receiving water deliveries and to give those already receiving water an additional amount, residents of the Dukeville community organized a giveaway on Friday of roughly 3,000 gallons of water. A few dozen took advantage of the opportunity.
Before handing out the water, Deborah Graham organized a press conference. She and other neighbors of coal ash ponds — including Amy Brown and Debra Baker from Belmont — called for the resignation or removal of Williams from his post as state health director. It wasn’t the first time, however, that coal ash neighbors have called for Williams’ resignation.
“He has caused confusion, distrust, lack of faith, disbelief, doubt, misgivings and wariness on the citizens of this state,” Graham said, citing the decision to declare water wells safe to drink after previously saying they weren’t.